Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

4.9
2510 reviews
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When visiting Galveston Island, you simply can't miss the Island's most unique dining experience, Rudy & Paco. Voted Open Table Top 100 Restaurants in American and Open Table Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. Rudy & Paco features grilled seafood and steak with a South and Central American sabor. Relax and unwind with your favorite cocktail while enjoying delicious Antojitos.
Rudy & Paco is located next door to The Grand 1894 Opera House and is a great choice for pre-show dinner specials.

Dinner:
No shorts (men or women), hats/caps, or sleeveless shirts for men.

Lunch:
Smart Casual
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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!!!! Shared salad and an entree and it was still so much food. It was perfect! Will be back soon as it is going to be my new favorite place to celebrate special occasions!

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C
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary here. The food, service and ambiance were perfect for this special occasion.

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SG
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Waitstaff was on point on every aspect of our dinner.

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RR
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bread and red snapper were the stars. Potatoes had no flavor.

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G
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is THE BEST restaurant in Galveston and maybe Houston!!! The food is just amazing and the service is a 5 stars! Wine selection is awesome!!! is a great fine dining experience! make sure you have reservations and pants for the gentleman! there is parking just across the street! The owner is always there and he is really nice and friendly!

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C
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted by Paco who introduced himself to us and made us feel very welcome. We had the Chilean Sea Bass which was absolutely amazing. We will definitely make this a must place to have dinner when we are in Galveston from now on.

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PC
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening, prices a little high. But we're noticing all priced high in Galveston.

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PD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience.. great service ... good food and drink ... cozy

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GB
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My family at here two years ago and we’re blown away by the food and service. We returned with high expectations and were disappointed. The food quality dropped and our wait staff was not friendly. Sure they presented the dishes in unison and made a cool show of shaking drinks, but that doesn’t make for great service. Prices are high, exorbitant for the quality. Food highlights were the Caesar salad and crab cake. Snapper, grouper, potato gratin, brussel sprouts, crab bisque were all disappointing. Even the bread pudding quality dropped. Hopefully R&Ps had an off night because the experience could have been much better.

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AN
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Figure $80-$100 per person (dinner and drink) but you get what you pay for...

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience! Make sure you order the crab cake appetizer. The owner Paco greeted us when we walked in and spent 10 min with us when we left. Service was excellent. Our waiter Andy made great suggestions. Cocktails were delicious. They nailed everything.

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s
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant for special occasions and are never disappointed. A special place, pricey but worth it. Definitely one of our favorite restaurants.

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P
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took wife there for romantic birthday get away. Awesome food and service.

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HB
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our engagement dinner and it was amazing! Great wine list and very romantic!

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BS
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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t
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect every time! We love to sit at the best Bar in town to dine!

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HB
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rudy nd Paco’s never disappoints! The level of service and attentiveness is unmatched and the food is out of this world! If you are looking for a complete dinning experience with an amazing atmosphere then do yourself a favor and make a reservation!

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k
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Rudy and Paco's many times. It is always great!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab pre Mardi Gras Ball evening with the love of my life

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TW
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. We enjoyed the hospitality and the amazing service. Our server Becca was simply wonderful, one of the best ! And Paco is so warm and personable. Will be going back very soon!

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PO
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a most wonderful experience. The food and service always meet expectations.

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JH
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful. Excellent spicing of the fish and well cooked. One of the best meals of our trip through Texas

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b
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good, but not quite as good as on previous visits.

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TH
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always. Little pricey but outstanding food and experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing place and wonderful family owned restaurant with a 5 star menu and a 5 star experience. A must go!!

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R
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rudy and Pacos better than EVER. Tomahawk Prime Ribeye perfectly grilled....perfectly sliced and served
by Paco Vargas in person. My wife’s BIRTHDAY was again made all the more special by Paco, his family, his staff and our server. Food costs are very high and that may lead some to comment on prices, Paco counters that with an Extremely Well priced wine list that has at least two or three specially selected and priced wines. The Gulf Coast ceviche, a guarded “family secret recipe” I would personally love to have, was the best ceviche I have ever tasted. Perfect starter, perfect steak, perfect accompaniments, perfect Birthday desert for my wife, perfect wine and after dinner drinks, spotlessly perfect service. What more needs to be said. Do not miss this dining experience any time you are in or near Galveston!

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Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted and treated like family — what a wonderful dining experience. Thanks, Paco! Food and cocktails and ambience were perfect.

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t
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent dinner here. The fish was very fresh and the portions were the right size. Best redfish I have ever had. Desserts were also very good. Paco came to our table and talked to us about how he started the restaurant. Service was very attentive! Great end to a night of Mardi Gras!

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RD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Rudy & Paco’s! Great staff, excellent food and Paco made us feel like we had been lifelong customers! Will definitely go back.

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MS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience with phenomenal service and the most exquisite cuisine.

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is always such a wonderful experience. I would strongly recommend the food and service!

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OT
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paco is the consummate host and that is why I frequent his establishment more than any other in the island. He knows service and it shows through his professional staff. Of course when I’m not dining there I will go to Vargas across the street 😉

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AK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Not as upscale as its star rating might suggest. It was fully packed on a Tuesday night however. Here’s my issue. They serve red snapper several different ways and I ordered Veracruz. It came with a brown mushroom gravy. ?? So I asked the server about it and she brought a side of brown gravy with green olives in it. So I am guessing that all toppings are brown gravy with something in it. The vegetables were perfect however. You would think a Latin restaurant would know how to prepare Veracruz sauce.

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L
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superior service. Proprietor is very involved. Great place compared to everywhere.

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p
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance. Waiters very friendly and grouper and halibut tasty with a large potatoe as a side

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S
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal! The service was 5 star, food was 5 star. I would highly recommend the restaurant.

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M
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon was done to perfection and accompanied with the scalloped potato and steamed veggies made this Entree outstanding.
This restaurant has an impeccable and outstanding menu and the service is always to perfection.

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HD
Houston
88 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As I have come to expect, Rudy & Paco's was exceptional. The food, presentation and service is unmatched in Galveston.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a wonderful dining experience. The food is fresh and delicious the staff is friendly and very accommodating great place.

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